Northern Leopard Frogs once found in Kootenay National Park - Photo by Larry Halverson
The Northern Leopard Frog (Southern Mountain population), is designated endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. The population is threatened by low recruitment, disease, predation, habitat fragmentation and degradation, and introduced fish species. Read more »
Hungry Tick Full Tick
Photos by Mark Polnsky
Ticks are related to spiders and resemble tiny watermelon seeds with legs. They have sensory organs in their front legs that can detect carbon dioxide, odours & heat given off by hikers. So when the hiker passes within reach of the tick, it climbs on (ticks do not jump or fly onto their hosts). Read more »
April 13, 2012, Jonah Ritsch with his proud mom Lori Horrocks in the Radium Hot Springs Pools -
Photo by Rick Hansen Foundation
Lori Horrocks, Public Outreach and Education Officer for Kootenay National Park, was one of 7,000 medal bearers taking part in 10 month cross-country relay to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rick Hansen’s legendary “Man in Motion World Tour”. Read more »
Rocky Bighorn Sheep on the mile hill at Radium Hot Springs. Photo by Larry Halverson
Bighorn sheep are grazers. Their diet consists of grasses, sedges and flowering plants, however they will resort to eating twigs and woody plants when preferred foods are scarce. Read more »
Cougar photographed March 20, 2012, in the Redstreak area by KNP Remote Camera
Motion-activated cameras have been set up in Kootenay National Park as part of a carnivore monitoring project. Cameras are mounted on trees or encased in rock cairns to monitor wildlife use in both frontcountry and remote backcountry locations. Read more »
Black-capped Chickadee is one of 3 species of chickadees found in Kootenay National Park.
Photo by Larry Halverson
Almost everyone can identify the bird that sings a rapid, nasal chickadee-Dee-Dee. It is the call the chickadee uses to challenge intruders or to express alarm and it can be heard anytime during the year. However in April, Read more »
Like a pastel painting, the hues of red & yellow willow bark add a nice touch of colour to the Columbia Valley.
Photo by Larry Halverson
People usually associate reds and yellows with autumn but these colours are also found at this time of year in the willows. Read more »
Better hurry! - photo by Larry Halverson
Registration for Wings Over the Rockies starts today - photo by Larry Halverson
The 16th Annual Wings Over the Rockies FESTIVAL, scheduled for May 7th to 13th
Have you ever come back from a trip to another province or another country and marveled at our own backyard: the Rockies, the Purcells and the Columbia wetlands? Well, that's the theme of the 2012 Wings Over the Rockies Festival -- Our Backyard, the Envy of the World. Read more »
No, this is not in Kootenay National Park however the photographer, Danny Catt, formerly worked as a Naturalist in Kootenay. He sends greetings to his Kootenay friends from India.
“Howdy folks... I am now in Ranthambore National Park in India ... don't think there are any Columbian Ground Squirrels here but I will keep my eyes open. I did a night safari last night in the park and although we did not see Tigers... we did see many species (from small mammals scurrying across the road to Spotted Deer, Sambar and Bluebulls). It was magical feasting Read more »
What a life, just had a good 8 month sleep! - photo by Larry Halverson
Kootenay National Park has been keeping track of when Columbia Ground Squirrels emerge from hibernation. Their appearance dates in April can vary from year to year. However their emergence pattern is the same - first the adult males surface, then Read more »
These dry galls "willow roses" are easy to find during this time of year - photo by Larry Halverson
The strange-looking growths on willow twigs are called galls. They are caused when an insect or mite inserts an egg and at the same time injects chemicals into developing plant tissues. The chemicals stimulate the plant cells into a rapid unusual growth in the vicinity of the egg. When the egg hatches the larval continues to secrete fluids so the plant grows abnormally into a gall. Read more »
Fuzzy catkins on willows, emerge from a closed bud stimulated by an increase in temperature. Photo by Larry Halverson
Pussy willows emerge in early spring when it's still quite cold. But when the sun shines, the temperature of the center of the catkin can rise above air temperatures by trapping the heat from the sun with it's “fur coat” of soft, silvery, insulating hairs. This additional warming helps the development of the willow flowers. Read more »
Cougar kills lead to trail warning - Photo by Larry Halverson
“Recent cougar activity in the Sinclair Canyon area of Kootenay National Park, near Radium Hot Springs, has prompted Parks Canada to issue a warning for three trails near the community.
The warning is for the Redstreak Campground Trail, Juniper Trail and Sinclair Canyon Trail, where people are advised to use special caution." Read more »